DOJ: Police Training in Ferguson

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By: April Ryan, AURN As the nation waits for the decision by the Grand Jury on Officer Darren Wilson's actions in the fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown, the US. Justice Department has been working to help change the dynamic in Ferguson with the Clashes with the Police and the … [Read more...]

Closing the Education Gap

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(AURN) -- This week The Center for American Progress released a study on the benefits of closing the education gap between children of color and their white counterparts. However, the study's results offer long-term fixes in the next two decades.  Washington Bureau Chief April Ryan has more. … [Read more...]

Black Unemployment Numbers on the Decline

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By: April Ryan | aprildryan.com | AURN The Black unemployment numbers have the attention of the Obama administration, particularly as they have made a significant drop since 2010 at its peak of 16.8 percent. In June 2014, the numbers stood at 10.7 percent. LISTEN:  Read Statement of US … [Read more...]

VA Report Deadline Nears

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By: April Ryan, aprildryan.com | AURN It is any minute now for the report on the VA.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says it is due at the end of the week which means it will be on the Presidents desk Friday or Saturday.  LISTEN:  … [Read more...]

Bill Clinton Remembers Nelson Mandela

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By: April Ryan, aprildryan.com | AURN In an exclusive interview with AURN's April Ryan, former President Bill Clinton is remembering the life of his friend, 95 year-old former South African President Nelson Mandela. Clinton explains who Mandela was to him. President Bill Clinton - LISTEN: … [Read more...]

An Unlikely Pair: Silicon Valley and HBCUs

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WASHINGTON (AURN) The Department of Education is connecting two unlikely pairs, Silicon Valley and Historically Black colleges and universities. April Ryan speaks with James Shelton, III, acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. LISTEN:   More news and information at … [Read more...]

Mel Watts Confirmation in Jeopardy

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By: April Ryan, aprildryan.com There is word North Carolina Congressman Mel Watt may be short of the 60 votes needed for Senate Confirmation to become of the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Advocates for the nomination are pushing Civil Rights leaders and others to tout his … [Read more...]

Obama to Discuss Health Care Law in Boston

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WASHINGTON (AURN) -- President Obama is taking his Affordable Care Act message to Boston, Mass. Wednesday, a place that was the model for Obamacare. LISTEN: More news and information at AURN.com. … [Read more...]

Working Out the Kinks of Healthcare

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By: April Ryan, aprildryan.com Right now, a primary focus of the Obama administration is to work on correcting the problems with Healthcare.gov. Fifteen percent of the uninsured population must meet the Federal mandate to be insured by January 2015. Currently, uninsured americans have until March … [Read more...]

The Economy Leading Up To and During the Shutdown

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By: April Ryan, aprildryan.com 148 thousand jobs were added to the American workforce in September essentially lowering the unemployment rate from 7.3% to 7.2%. That same month the black unemployment numbers stood at 12.9%. The Hispanic rate at 9%. Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Tom Perez … [Read more...]